Jacobs taking new approach with 49ers


Jacobs taking new approach with 49ers

Brandon Jacobs is a fan of the Atlanta Braves, but as he makes a transition to a new team, hes not overlooking any detail. Even one as seemingly unimportant as a baseball hat.

I try to fit in with everybody else in the area, said Jacobs, sporting a grey Giants cap. Everywhere you look youve got San Francisco hats all over the place.

As far as learning a newand rather largeplaybook, Jacobs is relying on his coaches, teammate Frank Gore, and patience.

Im getting more and more comfortable every day, Jacobs said. Im leaving the nervous factor and getting into the fun factor. Im just going out, Im working hard, doing whatever they ask me to do. Play ball basically. I wanna get to a point where Im not thinking and Im just playing.

Since joining the 49ers, Jacobs is doing a lot of things differently. Hes lifting weights harder than he ever has before, and he said his goal is to get under 260 pounds for the first time in his NFL career.

I think I can move faster, I can hit the whole harder and I could deliver a little bit more of a punch if Im lighter, said Jacobs. Versus being heavy and letting the defenders get on me versus me getting on them.

Im training (here) probably 10-times harder than what Ive ever trained. (Im) trying to get my body back like it used to be, strengthen my legs, because I think that was the weak point in me the last couple of years, my legs werent as strong and my balance wasnt as good as it needed to be.

At 6-feet, 4-inches, Jacobs is by far the largest running back in the NFL. Getting him to where he needs to be is in the 49ers best interest as well.

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."